Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4 specs comparison

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4 specs comparison
Today marked the most drastic change in the story of the Apple iPhone - its screen just got bigger! Granted, 3.5" was fine when it took off in 2007, but as smartphones started to increasingly become our "window" to both work and play, the size of that window inevitably grew bigger, and Apple is now syncing in with the times.

While keeping the general feel and appearances of its last two predecessors, the iPhone 4/4S, which were virtually identical, the iPhone 5 also got the usual third year redesign, with fine aluminum plate on the back, instead of an all-glass chassis, making the body much thinner and 22% lighter than the 4S, and that's despite the larger screen.

We also got a brand new, smaller dock connector, which can be outfitted with adapter for those existing accessories, and a smaller nano SIM card. In terms of internals, the new iPhone also got a 2X beefier processor and graphics subsystem, a better camera, plus that all-important multiband LTE radio. Oh, we forget the most important thing - a 5th row of apps has now appeared, and some apps are upgraded to take full advantage of the 4" display. As for the others - they will appear with black bands on the sides.

Have a peak at how the new iPhone stacks up against its 4/4S predecessors in the table below, and tell us whether you consider it an worthy upgrade.


DesignApple iPhone 5Apple iPhone 4SApple iPhone 4
OSiOS (6)iOS (5.1, 5)iOS (5, 4.x)
Dimensions4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 (115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)4.50 x 2.31 x 0.37 (114.3 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)
Weight3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
4.94 oz (140 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
4.83 oz (137 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
Display


Physical size4 inches3.50 inches3.50 inches
Resolution640 x 1136 pixels640 x 960 pixels640 x 960 pixels
Pixel density
326 ppi330 ppi330 ppi
Battery


Talk time 14.00 hours
the average is 9 h (529 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 9 h (529 min)
Stand-by time9.4 days (225 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
8.3 days (200 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 20 days (479 h)
Talk time (3G)8.00 hours
the average is 7 h (405 min)
8.00 hours
the average is 7 h (405 min)
7.00 hours
the average is 7 h (405 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
Music playback40.00 hours40.00 hours40.00 hours
Video playback10.00 hours10.00 hours10.00 hours
Capacity  1420 mAh
Hardware


System chip
Apple A6Apple A5Apple A4
Processor
Dual coreDual core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Single core, 1000 MHz
Graphics processorYesPowerVR SGX 543MP2Yes
System memory

512 MB RAM / DDR2 (800 MHz)512 MB RAM
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB16 GB
Camera


Camera8 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile5 megapixels, Immobile
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.4F2.4 
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 35mm 
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), PanoramaBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Video stabilizer, Face detection, Geo taggingBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
CamcorderYesYesYes

1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesVideo callingVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing cameraYes0.3 megapixels VGA0.3 megapixels VGA

Technology


CDMA
800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz800, 1900 MHz 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE700 MHz Class 13, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz  
DataLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSHSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev.AHSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
Micro SIM nano SIMYesYes
Global RoamingYesYesYes
Positioning
A-GPS, GlonassA-GPS, GlonassA-GPS
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigationYesYes

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)
iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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43 Comments

1. Savage unregistered

Wait, Quad core GPU or CPU?

10. e.wvu unregistered

I think GPU.... No way it has a Quad Core CPU. Lol. I think the A6 processor is just a dual core with twice the speed of the A5.

17. Savage unregistered

It just says quad core. So the specs aren't confirmed I guess.

20. e.wvu unregistered

We all know what is says. But I was just referring to what was said during the announcement, not the spec sheet listed above.

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

C'mon PhoneArena.com! Here is a link from PhoneArena.com: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Apple-iPhone-5_id7378 You guys need to get it together. You guys have conflicting information. lol

27. Cacharoes

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Better yet Here from Apple Itself http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html Though the A6 is not mentioned at all, you will have to beat that info out of someone.

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well they haven't fixed it here on this article but on the other comparison article they fixed it. Little by little PhoneArena.com. Baby steps. lol

29. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

It's like the all new 2013 Camry... nice, but not impressive.

2. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

does the iphone 5 really need quad core?

3. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

its smart for them to keep mentioning the new adapter too

18. hariprasath.j unregistered

they forgot to mention the new design of barcode on back of every iPhone box :p

4. romeoc1984

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Hardly an upgrade...

6. MATOZ

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Indeed, my friend.

21. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I concur!!

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

To be honest, I'm really not impressed either because hardware-wise, it doesn't do anything new. If you compare it to the devices on the market, it isn't an obvious choice (like I was really hoping it would be), but its still a reasonable choice.

26. romeoc1984

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Yeah they basically added .5 of an inch and an updated processor that they are probably too embarrassed to release the clock speed, which is most likely outdated, and sadly called it an "Upgrade." SMH

30. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I did say I wasn't amazed with the iPhone 5 (why again is it called the iPhone 5?) but I also think you guys are being way too excessive. A 4 inch screen is exactly what most people wanted, myself included. I'm pretty sure the A6 is a great processor (the A5X was solid) and keep in mind that the iPhone 4S was one of the fastest smartphones until the Droid Razr was announced, so I don't think embarrassment is a factor. this is definitely a hard-ware upgrade. Does it smash the competition? No, plain and simple. Is it smashed by the competition? I don't think so either. I'm officially disappointed with 2012. Nothing's jumping out at me....and I've been out of contract for months, lol.

39. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

yup u r ryt E.N. 4inch screen wil do...... no need of huge screens...... btw i feel dis A6 chip wil really do justice, it will be fast enough for the current competition!!

42. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

This is why I just got the 4S, not worth spending an extra $100.

5. MATOZ

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

In what part of the Apple Event, they said; Quad-Core? They Just said A6 processor, even in the official website is not stated.

7. MATOZ

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

even the memory is not clearly stated yet...

14. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Allow me: 769MB (up from 768); now that's a true "upgrade".

32. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

I think you mean 512, so thats 50% more RAM. Although, most high end smartphones have at least a GB, but whatever who needs multitasking right?...

8. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

1g of ram and quad core that phone gonna crash ....they didnt put 2g ram smh ....again samsung nexus all day fuk iphone

12. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

go back to the classroom, cause you sound like one uneducated person.

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The iPhone doesn't need 2 GB RAM. It's UI is so simple and it doesn't have true multi-tasking, so it isn't really neccessary.

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The radios are nice but I'm going to pass it up.

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Dear PhoneArena, Pretty clever of you to use a ¾ view of the new iPhone 5 this way we don't blatantly see how much different it is not; it's the same ole' phone with a new marketing campaign.

13. hariprasath.j unregistered

Looks like the small boy is growing taller year by year..

15. melvineus

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Drastic? Hahaha

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